One of the most commonly known aspects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is that it is often used to help in the healing process of wounds, including those created by the process of plastic surgery.
No matter if a patient is seeking plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes or medical necessity, HBOT may help the overall healing process, and thus, may also shorten recovery time!
According to information provided by the International Hyperbarics Association (IHA), "The high complication rate of these surgeries is attributable to blood supply disruption resulting in ischemia, necrosis, infection, wound dehiscence and excessive scarring" (International Hyperbarics Association, 2020).
Additionally, the IHA lists these known mechanisms and benefits of utilizing hyperbaric treatments alongside a plastic surgery procedure:
Less scarring, bruising, infection
Enhances Healing and Recovery:
Minimizes pain and discomfort
Supports Healing at the Cellular Level:
Promotes anti-inflammatory proteins
Improved angiogenesis enhancing blood flow to tissue
Induces fibroblast activation
Enhances collagen production
Stimulates neovascularization and vasodilation
Stimulates bone remodeling
Reduces Risk of Infection:
Elevates phagocytosis to above normal levels
Enhances microbial activity
Increases intracellular leukocytes
If you'd like to know more about how hyperbarics may help to aid in post-surgery recovery, give us a call at 515-421-4002!
Interested in taking a look at the research yourself? Check out this direct link to research articles on hyperbaric treatments, wound healing, and plastic surgery outcomes.
International Hyperbarics Association. (2020). Plastic Surgery & Hyperbarics [Brochure]. International Hyperbarics Association.